Monday, August 31, 2009

Saturday Sketch

I love this week's Saturday Sketch on the Kaisercrafts blog. For my layout, I rotated the sketch and used 4 photos instead of the one photo on the sketch. I used the arrows instead of the journalling blocks. The paper is from the K Bots range-fantastic paper for boy layouts!!

Also if you go to the blog the Sunday Scrapspace features my scrap space (looking tidier that usual, because I had just had a tidy up when I redecorated last month, AND the month of competitions starts! AND you will see some sneak peeks of the new ranges which will be launched very soon!!
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Thursday, August 27, 2009

If you like Pina Colada...

..then these are the papers for you. The Pina Colada range from kaisercrafts-great for kids layouts, and summer holiday pages.
The range is very versatile, but the embellishments have a tropical feel with parrots, toucans and flamingos. So I thought the range was fitting for this photo of me and the kids at Southbank in Brisbane. For all the UK readers of this blog, I must point out that we were there in winter-if only our summer this year was this warm!! I thought the colours in the photo, including the bougainvillea in the background were well suited to this range. And the banner adds a fun, holiday atmosphere, or at least that's what I was aiming for.

Don't forget the month of competitions that starts on the Kaisercrafts blog on September 1st!
I've been back at work now for two weeks and boy am I looking forward to the weekend. Roll on Saturday!
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Monday, August 24, 2009

Kaisercrafts Competition

Kaisercrafts is having a whole month of competitions and prizes during September. Click on the image above to take you to the blog which has all the details.

And speaking of Kaisercrafts, here is a LO I did for last Saturday's sketch, which is here.

The sketch has a shield shaped paper, but I changed it to this scalloped circle. I used papers from the Duchess range which are soft subtle colours. I used some of the papers to make these lovely spiral roses.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Another layout....

....from Gauche Alchemy. I think this is my favourite layout from the kit. I love the Kraft tissue paper the kit was wrapped in, and have used it as the background of this page. The blue is the inside cover of an old book, and the little pictures are cut from the pages of an old camping guide book. But the best thing is the photo of Jack-he hasn't changed a bit over the years. Even now, the first thing he does when he walks in the door is remove his shoes and socks!

Remember you can click on the layout for a close up peek!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Back to work... my summer holiday is over-well it wasn't much of a summer to be honest. The weather has been just awful for weeks on end, and I feel a bit cheated!! Well quite a lot cheated! Dry days with sunshine for a few weeks is not much to ask for is it?
Anway, I did get some scrapping done, which is a bit of a consolation. I have to say I am really enjoying my scrapping right now. I'm loving the Saturday Sketches on the Kaisercrafts blog.

Here's the latest sketch.
And here's my interpretation:
So you can see that instead of the scalloped paper across my photo I've used a photo strip. The photo strip is hinged at the top and lifts up to reveal the photo underneath and some hidden journalling. You could also add more photos underneath if you have lots of photos of the same event. My favourite thing about the LO is that dinky scalloped grid stamp around the edge.
The papers are the Pina Colada collection-great papers if you love bright colours!!

Friday, August 14, 2009

More from Gauche Alchemy...

This is a mini album I made from the Gauche Alchemy kit.
First, the cover. This is sticky-back fabric by Elsie Flannigan, from the kit, which I coloured with glimmer mists. I just cut a square with pinking shears and adhered to a small ring binder I bought from a pound shop a while back-so simple!! The binding is gaffer tape by 7 gypsies I think, plus some raffia and beads. The velvet leaves, the butterfly and the tree brad (isn't that cute? ) came from the kit. And the title is stamped onto a laminate sample that Julia sent me. Thanks Julia-I've finally used a piece!

Inside the front and back covers, I just coloured with distress inks and stamped some twigs and leaves in black, and the seed heads have been embossed in white for a bit of contrast.
The bird page has been coloured, stamped and a bird image from the kit adhered. The title was cut from a book page that came with the kit. The green and blue wildlife page has book pages from the kit collaged on, and watered down acrylic paint added, leaving it transluscent enough for the relevant images to show through.

Then the next page is a pocket, with the idea that I will make notes about the jobs to be done in Autumn-Like digging up the hostas that get ravaged by snails each year! The rear of that page is also a pocket page, and here I have added some envelopes to collect seeds from the garden for next year. I must remember to add a packet for the rocket seeds that are just forming.
The next page again used the book pages that came in the kit, again painting over the collaged papers, but leaving some relevant words visible through the paint.

And finally, just a page about spring.

I loved making this little album, and actually, it isn't finished, because I intend to add to it, as and when the mood takes me. It's a kind of garden diary/art journal-some practical bits and some more reflective pages.

I really enjoyed working with this kit. It contained things that I wouldn't have thought to use, and inspired me to make projects that are different for me. If you ever lose your mojo I strongly suggest buying a kit that contains found items, rather than straight scrapbooking stash-it'll challenge you and get you excited about creating again.

Oh and Gauche Alchemy is having a give away on the blog-you just need to leave a comment on the blog about what arty product is your 'must have'. All the info is here.

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Monday, August 10, 2009

It's Festival time..

.. here is Edinburgh-my favourite time in this city. Ok it's crowded, and you have to fight your way through the throngs of tourists-but it is still a lot of fun.-Street performers-same old patter year in, year out, plus weird and wacky casts of thousands performing around the town, trying to drum up audiences for their shows. The whole city is alive and buzzing, and I love it. So for the next week or so I'll be putting some of my photos on my photo blog.

As a result, scrapping has not been happening very often recently, but I will show you a LO I did for Gauche Alchemy.

I Loved this kit. You can see the details here. It was full of found bits and pieces relating to the great outdoors, and I had fun making this LO about the weather in the Alps where we were camping last summer! Aren't those little frogs cute?

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Did you know...

...that every Saturday, on the Kaisercrafts Blog, there is a new sketch? I love using sketches, especially when I have lots of photos I want to get scrapped quickly. A good sketch make a layout quick and easy to produce. This is my take on last week's sketch. The sketch, and some and other designers examples can be seen on the blog here.

If you take a look at the sketch you will see it was for a 7x5 photo, but I used Picasa to make a 7x5 collage of a number of photos of the same event. So even if a sketch looks like a one photo layout, remember to just look at that space as a space for photos-any number of them. This layout uses papers from the Kaisercraft 'Oh Boy' range. Now the red in the paper wasn't quite right for my photos, so I stencilled a brighter red through some sequin waste, and this made for a better match. The felt flowers started off as pink and I used the same bright red paint to match them to the photo. So you can see you how useful a few tubes of acrylic paint can be!!

In other news-I was recently guest designer at Gauche Alchemy. Gauche Alchemy sells unique papercrafting kits using a mixture of commercial items and lots of found items too. To see the whole kit, head on over to Gauche Alchemy-but here's a wee peek to whet the appetite:
I can't tell you how much I enjoyed playing around with this kit. It was full of things that I would never have thought to use on a scrapbook page, and so my creativity was really challenged by the kit- and I loved that! I'll post my Gauche Alchemy projects over the next couple of days-once they have been posted on their site.
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